Performing in a team setting comes naturally to Yoshito Okubo, whose long and successful career at the pinnacle of Japanese soccer has taught him that the collective always wins out over the individual.

Despite this, he sometimes found himself struggling to emulate his on-field work ethic and hustle at home, until the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.

When pandemic-necessitated school closures shut children out of classrooms, Okubo suddenly found himself in the unfamiliar position of spending his waking hours shifting between the roles of parent, teacher and playmate.