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

A compendium of pictures and stories, personal accounts of foreigners (immigrant workers, trainees, international students, expats, visitors, etc.) and mixed-race or second- and third-generation Japanese people. We believe in diversity and an inclusive society, which is not about being similar, but living in harmony despite differences. If we open our hearts and minds to welcome individuals who are disproportionately disadvantaged or are often left behind, it will only benefit us all. Let’s celebrate human differences across gender, race, economic status, and physical and intellectual capabilities.




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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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.