Traditional Four-Course Japanese Dinner to be Held

By Barb Lang

The community is invited to enjoy a traditional four-course Japanese dinner as a fundraiser to help support UW-Barron County students who will be working in the Tsunami Zone in Japan late this spring.

Set for Saturday, April 26, the dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the UW-BC Student Center.  The menu will feature fresh sushi prepared by Gordy’s sushi chef, shrimp and sweet dumplings, Japanese fried chicken or vegetarian noodles, green tea and Japanese sweets, and Japanese beer and wine cash bar.

Twelve students and faculty members from around the state are participating in this Study Abroad program that will take them to Ishinomaki, a coastal city in northeast Japan devastated by the tsunami that struck during the “3.11” triple disaster that included an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown on March 11, 2011.  Scheduled for the end of spring semester, the project will be led by UW-Barron County Senior Lecturer in English and Global Studies Lee Friederich and Engineering Professor Christa James-Byrnes.

According to Friederich, “We are looking to raise approximately $9,000 from the community to purchase playground and sporting equipment for the children of women in Ishinomaki who have started a jewelry making company to support themselves after the 3.11 disaster.   Christa and I are thrilled to be able to offer the Study Abroad experience to students at UW-Barron County because Study Abroad is one of the high-impact educational practices that makes all the difference in today's globalized world.  Even though it has been three years since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, the people in the affected areas still need our help as they continue to recover from the devastation.  So far, we have raised about 30% of what is needed to complete the project we have planned with our partner organization in Japan, so we hope the community will come out to support our efforts.  We want to share our plans with the community and a little bit of the culture we will be visiting through this fundraiser for the project. “

Tickets for the traditional Japanese dinner are $20 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be available at the door.  People can register and pay online at or purchase tickets at the UW-BC Business Office.


Lee Friederich