Some of the Japanese players attempted to heal their wounds, both physical and mental, by gathering for a pow-wow in a jacuzzi before their second game against Colombia on Thursday.
"He really was on a downer but he is fine now," Okubo told Kyodo News.
"A few of us had a bit of a chat in the jacuzzi the other day. We talked about how the team played but had a bit of a laugh about how we were feeling.
"We told each other how rubbish we were but not to let it get to us. It's good to finish things off with a laugh. There is nothing you can do about it and there are still two games left.
"It is important to regroup. You can't dwell on things as it only brings a negative vibe to the team. The mood in the team isn't bad. There is no need to be down in the dumps."
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