Isaac Aquino has just quit his job as a reporter, and he seems quite pleased with himself. The soft-spoken Filipino recently decided to go all in on Tokyo Interlopers, an Instagram account he launched three years ago, by focusing on a business MBA.

Prior to taking the project to Instagram, Aquino would simply snap pictures of his friends on his iPod Touch and post them to Facebook with a few words attached.

"A friend encouraged me, saying it was like 'Humans of New York,'" the 39-year-old recalls, referring to the popular photo blog that features interviews with people on the streets of New York City. "I was looking at those pictures and I thought, 'You know, there's lots of people in Tokyo.' I thought it would be nice to create something similar.