A Japanese man, who refused to speak to his wife for 20 years and the mother of his three children, finally broke his silence on the matter.
Otou still lead a happily married life with his wife who admits that he was jealous of the attention and care his wife has given to their children.
However, Otou never hold any grudge towards his children. As a matter of fact, he continued to live with his wife, speaking normally to his children. His wife Katayama Yumi, on the other hand, spoke to him and addressed him normally but the response would always be either a nod or a grunt.
The couple’s youngest son, Yoshiki, wrote to a TV show in hopes of reuniting his parents. Yoshiki, explained that neither he nor his two elder sisters have any memory of their parents ever speaking to each other. Yoshiki adds, “My father doesn’t talk to my mother but my mother talks to him. It’s a one way chat.”
He said he had never heard his parents speak since as far back as he can remember. “My father doesn’t talk to my mother but my mother talks normally to him,” he explained on the show.
“It’s a one way chat.”
The TV crew arranged a meeting at a park in the city of Nara, Southern Japan, where the couples had their first date. During the show, Otou admits that he felt ignored by his wife.
“When the kids were born my wife was very involved and busy in raising the kids.”
“I was kind of…jealous. I was sulking about it.”
“There’s no going back now I guess,” he added.
Sitting on a bench with his wife, though at first struggled, Otou somehow managed to utter a few words to his wife. “Somehow it’s been a while since we talked”, his children watched their parents reuniting with tears of joy.
Otou told his wife, “You were so concerned about the kids”
He vowed, “Yumi up until now, you have endured a lot of hardships. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.”
The strange meeting that started quiet ended as a talkative one. The couple vowed that their future will not be as quiet as their past!