Japanese Married Couple Gives You a Relationship Advice│ Fishbowl Wives

Anyone who has no idea about the story, Fishbowl Wives is a Netflix series that shows different married couples living in the same condominium with varying relationship problems. The story focuses on married women's perspectives. Most of them end up having a secret relationship — affair. And the married couple I related to the most is Sota and Saya.

Why? Let me tell you about the relationship of this married couple.

Sota and his wife Saya used to go running together, but now she drinks all day and barely leaves the couch — Netflix synopsis. We will see Sota inviting his wife to join the birthday party from the first episode. But Saya instead drinks and lies on the couch, has no social, and even no interest in being out of the room.

Is Saya an introvert? Not really, let me tell you the flashback.

Japanese Married Couple Gives You a Relationship Advice│ Fishbowl Wives
image: Netflix

This married couple clearly struggle to reconnect their relationship. But everything has its reason; here's why. Sota and Saya are represented the young and newly married couple among other married couples in this drama series. Running used to be Saya's passion. She was the person who invited Sota to run together. After that, Sota got better at running. One day, Saya was once exhausted and couldn't go any more steps. Sota told her to go back while he continued running alone. She keeps looking at him, leaving her behind. That hurt!

Running is the beginning of a relationship problem, but it’s not the whole reason that Saya gave up running and locked up with cans of beer.

[Spoiler alert] Instead, It's all about two words, TOGETHER and COMMUNICATION. When Sota bought the room at the highrise condominium, Sota's ambition was to earn more money and order Saya to quit a job. He plans the future without his wife's opinion, just like when he runs fast and leave his wife behind. It's almost too late until he realises what causes their relationship problem. Their married life almost ends until he knows running alone is such bleak.

Japanese Married Couple Gives You a Relationship Advice│ Fishbowl Wives
image: Netflix

“I think I was going a little too fast. I’m sorry. Let’s run together.” — Sota

“Honestly, I don't need to live in a tower condo. And money, I don’t want a lot of it. I just want to be with you more. Even the marathon, I wanted to run it with you. And so, it was hard to say anything because you said it was all for me. I should’ve spoken up. I’m sorry, too.” — Saya

I love how the story compares physical running with a romantic relationship (for people still dating) or married life. Because we simply married someone to get each other back, anytime, like a friend, family, and of course partner. For the relationship goal, communication is a must!

If you're looking for some married life movies or series to watch this weekend, I highly recommend saving Fishbowl Wives on your wishlist! Then, check out episode 4: The Chaperone Wife, and don't forget to come back and share your experience. Cheers!

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