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New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy shows her work of a Japanese word "friend" as she attends a calligraphy lesson with children at Mangokuura Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecutre, northeastern Japan, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Kennedy, who arrived in Japan on Nov. 15, practiced calligraphy, exchanged high-fives with school children and got an early birthday present as she toured areas in northeastern Japan devastated by the March 2011 tsunami. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy hits the ground running in Japan

Just 10 days after arriving in Japan as the new U.S. ambassador, Caroline Kennedy is making a two-day visit to areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami to meet survivors and highlight America's commitment to supporting its ally.

The appointment of the daughter of President John F. Kennedy has been popular among Japanese, and it was no different at a temporary housing site in Minamisanriku, a city mostly destroyed by the tsunami.

Kennedy sat down for tea with women still living in tiny temporary housing units nearly three years after the disaster. Of 197 homes in their district, only nine were left standing. A project started by volunteers makes crocheted and knitted dish scrubbers shaped like sea creatures for sale, and Kennedy asked to buy some to give as Christmas gifts. (AP)