Caroline Kennedy was in top form when she returned to Japan recently for a two-week visit.

Following her arrival here on Oct. 25, the former ambassador's itinerary was nonstop. Highlights included her biking across the Seto Inland Sea in a race, Cycling Shimanami 2018, as a member of the U.S.-Japan Foundation's team, watching children from Japan, the U.S., South Korea and the Philippines recite poetry at a competition in Okinawa, and moderating a panel discussion with young Asian leaders at an Asia Society event in Tokyo.

“I love Japan and I was so happy to be back here. I got so emotional when I was at the bike ride,” said Kennedy, 60, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan from November 2013 to January 2017, about the cycling event in Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures.