Autumn (or fall, depending on which part of the world you live in of course) is here, and you know what that means: holiday season and our traditional holiday edition! This year we are a little more focussed on Halloween as usual, due to the timing of Christmas later in the year, but that just means there is more to look forward to next edition!
This edition however, we bring Gothic and Halloween fashions, an extensive travel photo feature on Tokyo and Chiba, and a whole lot of event and concert reviews, photo pages and interviews. We spoke to lyrical school, Molice, PLASTICZOOMS and SCANDAL, making sure many different musical genres are represented within these pages: retro tunes, pop-punk, hip hop and new wave, we’ve got it all, and it’s all great music!
Enjoy Autumn everyone, we’ll be back at the start of the new year with more Japanese- and pop culture news and articles! A huge thank you to everyone for your support, I couldn’t do it without you guys!
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Originally BCM was the abbreviation of Belgian Cupcakes Magazine, which started out as the magazine of the Belgian Lolita community of the same name (minus the Magazine at the end of course), for and by its members. It quickly caught on in the Lolita scene, making the need rise for a different kind of BCM, so from an all Dutch magazine (#1) we made the transition to English (#2) and from there to a fully English language fashion magazine focussing entirely on the Lolita style.
Of course the people putting BCM together had more interests than just (Lolita) fashion and the same went for its readers. So by the time we started planning out #6, we made the switch from fashion to J-culture in all it's aspects: music, literature, cinematography, fashion: you name it. Starting that same issue we also began to interview artists and introduced the J-music corner, introducing all manner of bands and artists of all genres imaginable to our readers.
With more and more contributors joining in from literally all over the globe, the need to re-adjust the name arose, turning it from Belgian Cupcakes Magazine to Belgian J-culture Magazine, allowing us to keep the abbreviation of BCM, under which had become better known than the full name anyway.
Starting 2015 BCM became a tri-monthly magazine, due to the real life commitments and obligations of the crew. Rather than giving up on it, we opted to take more time for each edition so we can guarantee quality and growth of BCM.
Don't worry, your trusty BCM will remain growing as we go, adding only to the well-read and well-loved features we already have. Look out for the next couple issues, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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