Finding diversity and inclusion in Japan. Breaking down barriers one post at a time.

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Isaac “Tac” Aquino

I started Tokyo Interlopers to encourage people to embrace each other’s cultural differences and be more accepting of one another. I know this can be a tall order, but through awareness on the virtues of diversity and an inclusive environment, I’m confident we can effect change. If you have a story to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It can be life’s trials and triumphs or your personal views and observations on Japan. Personally, as a gaijin or “foreigner” in Japan, I wish to highlight our positive impacts on Japanese society. (Watch a video interview on our humble beginnings here.)

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Cory Baird

Currently a graduate student in Tokyo studying public policy, Cory has lived in Japan for four years between Okinawa and Tokyo. As a foreigner living in Japan it can be challenging at times to feel a part of the local community and to cross culture barriers. Yet after being in Japan for an extended period, and seeing first hand the progress taking place, he is excited to be a part of Tokyo Interlopers as a way to bridge cultural gaps and furthering cultural understanding between different walks of life.

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Tim Franklin

Unlike most photographers, Tim wasn’t born with a camera in his hand. He didn’t begin his journey gazing through camera lenses, capturing any and everything fortunate enough to enter his viewfinder. Instead, he grew up sketching the world around him. From unsuspecting citizens to vast far-reaching landscapes, he captured it all. As he got older, the endless hours of drawing soon gave way to photographing scenes he would like to reproduce on pen and paper later. Eventually, he put down the pen for good in favor of the far heavier yet instantaneous form of expression. Find out more here.