Japanese Billionaire Seeking Female Companion For Lunar Trip Wishes He Could Have Taken John Lennon

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is heading to the moon.

Having charted fellow billionaire Elon Musk’s first civilian space flight around the celestial body, Maezawa is set to depart in 2023.

The 44-year-old fashion entrepreneur has one problem though.

Having recently separated from the mother of his three children, Maezawa is looking for a woman to accompany him.

As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to surge upon me,” he writes via his website, “there’s one thing that I think about: continuing to love one woman.”

I want to find a ‘life partner,” the 44-year-old states.  “With that future partner of mine, I want to shout our love and world peace from outer space.”

Maezawa specifies that applicants must be single, over 20 and express interest in the venture before January 17.

(The successful applicant will be chosen in March.)

Maezawa has bought up all of the publicly available seats on the flight for him and his prospective partner.

Other seats will be allocated to artists.

A patron of the arts himself, Maezawa, it seems, would even set his quest for new romance aside if it meant having two of his heroes, Pablo Picasso and Beatle John Lennon, accompany him on the trip.

If Pablo Picasso had been able to see the moon up close, what kind of paintings would he have drawn?” Maezawa shares.

“If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth,”  Maezawa speculates, “what kind of songs would he have written? If [Piccaso and Lennon] had gone to space, how would the world have looked today?

Maezawa’s search for romance will be chronicled in the forthcoming documentary ‘Full Moon Lovers’ soon to be available via Japanese streaming service AbemaTV.

Lennon himself, ever eagre to jump onto new ideas, may just haven taken Mr. Maezawa up on the offer.

The Beatle was fascinated with space, more specifically UFOs, even claiming to have seen one on August 23, 1974.

I was lying naked on my bed when I had this urge,” Lennon informed Interview magazine not long after. “So I went to the window, just dreaming around in my usual poetic frame of mind. … There, as I turned my head, hovering over the next building, no more than 100 feet away was this thing with ordinary electric light bulbs flashing on and off round the bottom, one non-blinking red light on top.”

He would later sing of the experience on 1980 single ‘Nobody Told Me’.

Lennon also wrote about the cosmos on ‘Across The Universe’, first released on a charity compilation album in 1969 then later collected on 1970’s Let It Be.

Unfortunately, John Lennon was unable to further pursue his celestial fascination further, as he was tragically shot dead on December 8, 1980, aged 40.


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