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Speaker’s Corner: The Feel of Fall

December 7, 2014

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Welcome back to another episode of Speaker’s Corner, in which patrons of our coffee shop, You Are Here Cafe, step into the cafe’s video booth and talk for a couple of minutes about what’s on their mind.

This week we posted a question up by the camera and had different responses to it: what does Fall mean to you. Winter came upon Korea so quickly! It was a beautiful autumn in Korea, probably the best I’ve seen in all our seven years in Korea. Even though we had a couple of days of cold, it was pretty much a perfect temperature everyday for a month. The leaves had a chance to go through all the colour changes of the autumn rainbow and we actually had days where the wind would blow and Ginko leaves would ripple in the sky off of trees like a scene out of a movie. Seriously we tried to record it a million times but the wind is very uncooperative when it comes to being caught on camera. Even though autumn in my favourite time of year, I was surprised to discover that the fall time is considered to be a depressing time period in Korea. Isn’t that crazy??!!! It’s so beautiful and colourful but from the Korean perspective all the plants are dying, the leaves are falling to death, the year is ending and getting colder…it isn’t a positive time of year.

It’s such a depressing time of year for Korean people, that sad ballads rocket to the top of the charts because of people’s sad feels. I was talking to my friends Nic and Hugh, and Hugh (who is Korean) said that his Instagram feed was filled with pictures of his friend’s shoes standing on fallen leaves with captions about “how sad they were to be single and alone with the death of nature all around them”…but my friends were like “look at the pretty leaves! WAHHH!!!!!” Such a different perspective! I think it’s amazing that different cultures can have such different perspectives on one simple season. Another crazy holiday time period is Christmas time in Korea. It’s considered to be a couple holiday very similar to Valentine’s day while in Canada/USA Christmas is a very big family holiday. In fact, Christmas time is almost like the Korean holiday of Chuseok, where everyone is hanging out with their families and preparing and eating so much food they can’t move afterwards. Hmm..sounds a lot like Christmas! In fact, Chuseok is a religious holiday for some families which is the same thing for Christmas, so I think those two holidays are quite similar.

Sooooo long story short, that’s why we put that question in the video booth. You might have wondered why we asked such a simple question, so that’s why! So how is the autumn in your country perceived? Do you have a change of colour in nature? I know a lot of parts of the world barely have a temperature change, so maybe the autumn time isn’t such a big deal for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. Oh i wasn’t expecting to see Keith there, that was an awesome surprise ^^

    3 years ago
  2. FYI my dad is already preparing his speech (probably some boring linguistic rant) for when he visits the You Are Here Cafe someday in the distant future. These videos are really inspiring him :p

    3 years ago
  3. the last speaker had really nice thoughts about autumn! Fall is my favourite season too <3

    I really enjoy these. they're cute ^_-

    3 years ago
  4. Autumn is my favorite season. My birthday’s in the fall, I got married in the fall. I love the beautiful colors and cooler weather.

    3 years ago
  5. personally i love september-october autumn, when the temperature cools a bit and leaves start to fall, because it’s so pretty and it feels like a new start to the year, more than NY does in a way (can you tell i’m still at uni!). but november autumn going into winter i dislike, because i don’t like bein cold :p england is often freezing, and my room is basically a fridge, so after a while i miss spring/summer and being warm when i’m in my room

    3 years ago
  6. I like Fall and Winter but only if the skies are mostly clear or there’s precipitation. Cloudy days make me feel icky and uncomfortable. When I think about it though, it also makes me feel kinda sad since it’s the second-to-last season of the year (for the northern hemisphere at least) and it builds up to the festivities that happen at the end of the year before January shuts everything down.

    3 years ago
  7. I am really loving the ‘Speakers Corner’ segment. It is fun to see people from all walks of life and all sorts of personalities. There are so many pretty and cute people in Korea!

    3 years ago
  8. Autumn is seen as the most horrible season here in Germany. Its not just cold and boring, but there is wind and rain. Nobody wants to leave the house and go to work. If the Germans could stay in their bed for the rest of the season they would love it!! Gray clouds make their mind go bad. Or their face resembles the gray sky. Well, I on the other side love the gray and rainy season. But everyone calls me crazy because I like summer less and autumn more :D. Hey, let me explain. The freaking sun is far away and doesn’t burn my poor head and skin anymore. I’m not sweating and YES I can stay at home and enjoy warm drinks. Its the most romantic season before the really romantic season. Winter is the best but only if it snows, heavy, not like here in Germany (or better where I live right now). But I envy people who enjoy summer the most. They’re soooo happy when I’m so down XD

    3 years ago
  9. Here in Dallas, Fall came extremely late. As recently as early November, temps were as high as 85-90 Degrees Farheint. Then even then it gets extremely unpredictable. We even had a few snow flurries in Mid-November then a couple of days later, highs were in the sixtes.

    3 years ago
  10. I looooooove Autumn!!! So many colours! The weather is not too warm, not too cold. I also love the clothes for autumn season because you can play with layers and also the colours. Autumn is also when you are on your first months of university/school classes, so you are still not super busy with final exams etc.

    3 years ago
  11. I love Autumn for only a week. It’s all beautiful and full of colors, but after a week all the leaves have fallen and everything is gray and dull. I’m from Quebec and I cross the bridge every morning to go to Quebec City and OMG, the view was so pretty in the morning light. Saint-Laurent river was shining and the trees were red, yellow and orange it was so beautiful and even if the sun was hurting my eyes I couldn’t stop looking!! But the week after everything was gray and dull… Now at least there is snow everywhere so it’s kind of pretty again, but it’s like winter…

    3 years ago
  12. I love autumn! This year in Minnesota we also had a beautiful fall with great colors and temperatures. It was also the first time I noticed that there are two phases to fall. The green, red and orange phase followed by the bright yellow and bare trees. I love the smell and sounds of fall: the crisp air and crunch of leaves. It represents both death and rebirth which is why I like it better than spring which is only rebirth. Fall makes me think of mysteries which is something else I enjoy.

    3 years ago
  13. i live in a tropical climate so we don’t have Autumn the way most places do, especially in the northern hemisphere. I wish that we did, I have experienced it a few times, in France and also here in Australia (though that was in Melbourne, I remember, once when I was down there visiting my grandparents when I was about 10, and it was Autumn, my sister and I collected some of the leaves that had fallen off and had changed colour and took them back home to show our classes at school, since it was such a different thing for us to experience.) in autumn, here though, it is quite rainy which is nice because it’s cooler. So I do like it. It’s the kind of rain that I think makes most people sad, that constant light rain. But to me it is peaceful and nice. I think that’s why I enjoyed Winter in France so much, actually, because of the rain like that. From about March through to the end of May it’s nice and rainy and cool. Theoretically anyway. Some of that time there is still some of the heavy Summer rain but then it calms down by April/May. I also like autumn because it leads into Winger which is the. Est time up here, the weather is perfect. Blue skies all the time with about 20-25 degrees Celsius. So lovely. Ah I wish it wasn’t Summer right now… Haha

    3 years ago
    • *into Winter, which is the best time up here.
      Sorry about my typing, and also sometimes my iPad goes a bit mental when I reply here using it.

      3 years ago
  14. I don’t like autumn at all… It’s so depressing in Finland: Dark, cold and rainy. I’m just waiting that winter begins but this year there hasn’t been almost any snow in Helsinki! #_# Snow gives light and it makes threes so beautiful.~ On Christmas it will be veeeery plaintive if there isn’t snow… So yeah, autumn isn’t my favorite season. XD

    3 years ago
    • Your autumn is like my winter (in the uk) and apparently it’s not going to snow this year. AGAIN.

      3 years ago
  15. Autumn is my favorite season! Like most people I love the colors of fall. I also love the autumn sun! It’s warm and cozy and the weather is cool. I always feel like it’s the perfect time to sit and have a cup of coffee. I also love it because the fall after I graduated high school was probably the happiest, most carefree time of my life. I was in college, stress-free, experiencing my first taste of freedom and independence. (Before reality set in and I realized I had responsibilities and bills to pay.)

    3 years ago
  16. Fall is my favourite season as well. I love the change in leaf colours and the smell of fall. I find it to be a wistful time of year. Funny thing, is I am not fond of fall in Korea, my favourite season in Korea is spring (my least favourite season).

    3 years ago
  17. First time watching a You Are Here Cafe video, Speaker’s Corner looks super fun!!! If I ever visit S. Korea, I’m totally gonna visit!!

    3 years ago
  18. And I can’t believe that Autumn is seen as a sad season. Here in Florida, it is a much needed relief from the ridiculously hot summer weather; so I love Fall! My mom is from New York and Fall is her favorite season. I know Fall in the northern states is gorgeous because of all the trees changing colors.

    Also Happy Birthday to Gwen! And yo, yo, yo back at Poppy G. and Sally K., they were awesome!! :D

    3 years ago
  19. Hey its that guy from Seoulistic! Why aren’t u making videos anymore???

    Autumn is wonderful. Its perfect weather and its gorgeous outside with the changing leaf colors and such…it also reminds me that the year is ending…that last girl pretty much summarized my feelings on autumn!

    3 years ago
    • I’m not sure but I think he might have moved? I remember hearing someone mention that somewhere, but I don’t remember where…

      3 years ago
  20. Nice booth topic. I didn’t know about the cultural differences in thinking of Autumn. It’s nice seeing families visiting Korea and YAH cafe together.

    3 years ago
  21. For me Autumn is a time when it’s most quiet. In Spring its seems like everyone is excited to see everything growing. Everyone love Summer for the weather and beaches, and Winter has snow and Christmas. Autumn is quiet and I think a generally introspective time for people, hence why it can be a little depressing. I guess it just depends on your outlook and view of the things around you.

    3 years ago
  22. That last girl’s thoughts on autumn were wonderful. She seems like an amazing person, in heart and soul. I’m totally with her!

    3 years ago
    • She was great! In fact, she said a lot of great stuff, and we could have used all two minutes of her talk, but we cut it down to try to keep it more balanced with everyone else :)

      3 years ago
  23. I like the things the last person said about autumn. It was very well thought out. Autumn does really make the world around you seem magical in my opinion. I never really put much thought into what autumn means to me, or how it’s viewed in Norway. It’s prime berry picking season, people harvest potatoes and it’s a busy time for farmers since they need to get it done before the frost kicks in.

    3 years ago