The Incredible Sulk: Husband has gone 20 YEARS without speaking to his wife since she upset him – but still lives with her and his children
Otou and Katayama Yumi did not speak for 20 years because he was jealous
Husband Otou felt that her attention and care was honed entirely on their kids
Katayama would try and talk to him but only get a grunt or nod in response
Their 18-year-old son wrote to a TV show as he had never heard a conversation
A meet was arranged in the park where they had their first date – and it worked
Although most couples have experienced a long and awkward period of silence after a row it is unlikely to compare to a husband and wife who have not spoken for two decades – but continue to live with each other.
Otou Katayama, from Nara, southern Japan, continues to live with his three children and wife, Yumi, who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years.
The Japanese couple’s silence was revealed by their 18-year-old son Yoshiki, who wrote into a TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation.
‘You were so concerned about the kids.
‘Yumi up until now, you have endured a lot of hardship. I want you to know I’m grateful for everything.’
Otou later explained that he has been giving her the cold shoulder out of jealously for the attention and care the children get.
He said on the show: ‘I was kind of… jealous. I was sulking about it.
‘There’s no going back now I guess.’
This is the moment a stubborn man spoke to his wife for the first time in more than 20 years after an epic sulk.
The father-of-three would talk to his children normally but said nothing to his wife.
Long-suffering Katayama Yumi chatted normally to her husband, but he would never respond.
And now the reason for his silence has been revealed – he was jealous of the attention his wife gave to their children.
The Japanese couple’s 18-year-old son, Yoshiki, wrote to a TV show asking for help with his family’s problem.
He told one of the presenters he has never heard his parents have a conversation.
His sisters, 21 and 25 years old, also said they had never heard their parents speak to each other.
He said: “My father doesn’t talk to my mother but my mother talks normally to him.”
His father, Otou, told the show: “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 spoke to his wife for the first time in more than 20 years and told her: “Somehow it’s been quite a while since we talked.
“I know you have endured a lot of hardship.
“I want you to know I’m grateful for everything. I also want to talk after this, I hope we can work together from here.”
As they watched their parents have a brief conversation on a park bench the children cried with joy.