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Mondale Gala 2019

  • 2019-11-02
  • Oak Ridge Country Club
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JASM is very pleased to announce the 22nd Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala 2019 taking place at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins on Saturday, November 2, 2019,  from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Both the MondaleAward and Mondale Scholarship will be presented at this event. The Mondale Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the building of understanding, cooperation, and respect between the people of Japan and Minnesota. The Mondale Scholarship is presented to students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel.

We are delighted to announce that Minnesota’s 41st Governor Tim Walz will be this year’s keynote speaker. Governor Tim Walz won his first election to the United States House of Representatives in 2006, and was re-elected for another 5 terms serving Minnesota’s First Congressional District.

The Governor’s career has been characterized by a long record of public service, having worked as an educator, coach and having served his country in the Army National Guard. His commitment towards the betterment of the community has shaped his life and he continues to make steps towards that goal in his role as the governor.

Governor Tim Walz has just returned from his first trip to Japan as Governor of Minnesota where he worked on promoting Minnesota as a reliable trade partner for Japan. In the face of unease caused by the US-China trade war, the governor has been emphasizing Minnesota’s value as a state which holds similar values to that of our trade partners.

The governor’s aspirations for a continued partnership between Minnesota and Japan should promise to make for an engaging and insightful speech you won’t want to miss. Please come join us for this amazing opportunity.

The 2019 Mondale Award for Japan—Minnesota


JASM is delighted to announce that the 2019 Mondale Award for Japan-Minnesota Partnership will be presented to Patricia Katagiri, founder of Yukimakai, at the Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala.

Patricia has transmitted the Chado ideals of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility (Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku) through her involvement with Japan-Minnesota relationships by working closely with the Minneapolis-Ibaraki Sister City Association (MISCA), the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), and numerous schools, colleges and public institutions.

Patricia has been studying tea since 1969 and began teaching Chado in 1987, founding the Yukimakai tea study group in 1997. Patricia has also successfully taught several students who have since become licensed Chado instructors themselves. Yukimakai also has the distinction of being the 85th global affiliate organization to be recognized by Urasenke, one of the three main Japanese tea ceremony schools.

Chado is particularly unique when it comes to representing Japanese traditions. Encompassing calligraphy, ceramics and flower arrangement into a singular experience, Chado is especially potent as a means to which Japanese culture can be shared. Despite being a highly disciplined art, with many rules and traditions, Patricia has always emphasized that it is the person for whom the tea is being shared with that is the most important part of the process. Through her various interactions she has embodied the spirit of Chado, to make and receive tea with a grateful heart, bringing the people of Minnesota and Japan closer together.

The 2019-2020 Mondale Scholarship

Every year JASM awards the Mondale Scholarship to support undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges, University of North Dakota or North Dakota State University who wish to deepen their understanding of Japan through study and travel. We are excited to announce this year’s recipients and we hope that they will meet and exceed in furthering JASM’s mission of building mutual respect between Japan and Minnesota. We wish that this opportunity afforded to the recipients will be used to enhance their experience, to promote a continued path of Japan-Minnesota relationship building and to create a long-lasting impact on the student’s lives.

Daphne Mondale HeadshotSon Phan Mondale HeadshotAlison Mondale HeadshotAudrey Mondale Headshot

The following are this year’s recipients and the programs they will be enrolled in:

Daphne Iskos, Macalester College. CET Japan at Osaka Gakuin University.
Son Phan, Macalester College. CET Japan at Osaka Gakuin University.
Alison Meierhofer, College of Saint Benedict. Bunkyo Gakuin University.
Audrey Johannes, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Sophia University.


Early Bird price (register by Oct. 11)
Member: $95
Non-Member: $120
Regular (register between Oct. 12- 24)
Member: $115
Non-Member: $140
Post Deadline(register after Oct. 25)
Member: $135
Non-Member: $160

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