December 7, 2014
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!