CURRENTLY ON HIATUS!
Welcome to the 40th and, for the foreseeable future, last edition of BCM.
Yes, thatís right, BCM is going on a hiatus. We might be back in a while, but we might also not be.
The reason is simple: I have other things, such as my education (you donít even want to know how many classes I have missed because of BCM ><), I have to prioritise right now, and putting together a magazine is simply not combinable with life at the moment. Considering I canít guarantee quality anymore, I rather put this on hold. If I bring it back, it will be full force again, but Iím not doing a half assed job. Weíve been around for over 7+ years, and I wish to profoundly thank all the friends Iíve made being editor in chief, the cool people Iíve met, everyone who helped this together, be it translators, management, artists, record company folks, my amazing crew and especially you, our reader.
Make sure to keep an eye on the socials of our crew members, because theyíre bound to be doing more amazing things in the future!
Nevertheless, this one is packed, 100+ pages packed, with reviews, interviews, make-up tutorials, travel photography and a ton more. And you can still win stuff! So check that out!
Itís been a blast, but sadly all good things must come to an end! From the bottom of my heart: thank you for being with us!
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We now have a master index of all interviews, features, fashion related articles, tutorials, recipes, events, etc right here. It's in easy alphabetical order with the issue number(s) behind it so it shouldn't be hard to navigate at all.
Previous editions of BCM are now available for free download once more!
Originally BCM was the abbreviation of Belgian Cupcakes Magazine, which started out as the magazine of the Belgian Japanese fashion community of the same name (minus the Magazine at the end of course), for and by its members. It quickly caught on in the J-fashion 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 J-fashion styles.
Of course the people putting BCM together had more interests than just Japanese fashion and the same went for its readers. So by the time we started planning out #6, we made the switch from just fashion to Japanese 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.
By the time issue 29 was released, again due to the interests of both crew and readers, we branched out even further, so we could put more focus not only on Japanese culture, but also popular culture, as in Belgium and Europe these two generally go hand in hand at events.
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 issues, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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