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Bunka Gakuen University is a private university in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. The predecessor of the school, a women's vocational school, was founded 1923. In 1952 it was chartered as a junior women's college. In 1964 it became a four-year college and it was named Bunka Women's University . In 2011 it changed its name "Bunka Gakuen University". Wikipedia.

An S.,Bunka Gakuen University
Journal of the Japan Research Association for Textile End-Uses | Year: 2012

This study suggests a model of Attitude Building on Internet Apparel Shopping for the development that extracted 4 factors of the perceived risks (Sensitivity Apparel Risk, Experience Apparel Risk, Transaction Risk, and Decision Ability Risk) on the Internet Apparel Shopping from a priority research's result. In the model, attitudes on the Internet Apparel Shopping are explained by 4 risks and Clothing Involvement, Oriented Information, Purchasing Ability of the Internet Shopping. And these 7 independent variables have relations with each other. The empirical results show that Sensibility Apparel Risk contains risk elements such as self-image or aesthetic sense which have the worst effect on favorable Attitude Building. Also, Oriented Information and Purchasing Ability are important constituents for favorable Attitude Building on the Internet Apparel Shopping in both Japan and Korea. However, consumers of both countries also show different results, that high Clothing Involvement consumers have favorable attitudes on Internet Apparel Shopping in Korea. On the other hand, Clothing Involvement has no relative favorable Attitude on the Internet Apparel Shopping in Japan. That is to identify, that although Japan and Korea have similar qualities of consumer behavior, there are some points of difference according to Japan and Korea's different cultural backgrounds and distribution environment. © 2012Jpn.Res.Assn.Text.End-Uses.

Ishikawa T.,Japan Womens University | Hisagi A.,Bunka Gakuen University
Journal of Environmental Engineering (Japan) | Year: 2014

In this study we performed an experiment for random vibration containing predominant frequency waves to the same degree. The objective was to investigate the influence of the characteristics of perceptual frequency of the random vibration based on the component of a complex vibration. Results show that the effects due to the difference of the waveform pattern on random vibration in the range of 30 % to 50 % of the subjects probability of perception have less impact but it's more than that at a 10 % and 90 % rate of probability of perception.

The aim of this study was to examine the psychological factors on university students in their fashion show. The questionnaire was consisted of "General Self-efficacy Scale: GSES" and "Collective Efficacy Scale". The questionnaire was administered to 101 university students before and after their fashion show. The hypotheses of this research were that the scores of the General Self-efficacy Scale and Collective Efficacy Scale would reveal the changes before and after the show, they also reveal no differences among students' courses and some differences on the role or satisfaction of fashion show. As a result, there were significant changes among pre, post and after a month of the show. There were no significant differences among students' courses or the role of the fashion show, but there were significant differences on individual and overall satisfaction. In conclusion, it was suggested that self-efficacy and collective efficacy had relationship to satisfaction rather than students' courses or the role of the fashion show. ©2014 Jpn. Res. Assn. Text. End-Uses.

Hisagi A.,Bunka Gakuen University | Ishikawa T.,Japan Womens University
ISEC 2015 - 8th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Implementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management | Year: 2015

The possibility of a huge earthquake affecting Tokyo in the future is high. In the event of such an earthquake, many people will face problems returning to their homes, causing complete disorder and confusion as it will be impossible for everyone to access emergency shelters. If buildings such as high-rise condominiums remain standing and safe, it will be desirable that their residents take refuge at home. In this study, we investigated the awareness of disaster mitigation needs using an internet survey of over 800 residents of high-rise condominiums (of 10 or more stories) in central Tokyo. Our results show that approximately 60% of residents would take refuge at home. However, almost none of the respondents had emergency supplies such as water, food, and other daily necessities. This lack of preparedness would result in many people needing to move to emergency shelters. By analyzing these results, we aim to develop a method for avoiding confusion in the aftermath of a disaster and educate building residents on their needs in a disaster situation and the preparatory actions they must take. Copyright © 2015 ISEC Press.

Kimura K.,Tokyo Denki University | Yasunaga A.,Bunka Gakuen University | Wang L.-Q.,Tokyo Denki University
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics | Year: 2013

Recent studies have reported that moderate physical activity in daily life contributes to maintenance of a proper state of cognitive function in elderly individuals. The present study investigated the validity of correlations between moderate physical activity and cognitive function using more objective and detailed assessments of both physical activity and neurocognitive function. Participants comprised 72 healthy elderly individuals who wore an electronic accelerometer during waking hours for 3 months. This device recorded the number of steps per day as well as the duration of each intensity level in daily life; levels 1-3 were the equivalent of easy-paced walking (light activity), while levels 4-6 corresponded to brisk walking (moderate activity). To estimate executive cognitive ability in healthy elderly individuals, performance variability of executive control was examined with a task-switching reaction time (RT) test measuring intra-individual variability (IIV) in RTs. In 43 consenting participants, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during the task-switching RT trial was analyzed to assess differences in brain activity patterns as a function of daily physical activity. Daily duration of level 4 physical activity correlated negatively with and significantly predicted IIV. Moreover, fMRI analysis confirmed that the higher physical activity group (duration of level 4 activity≥26.4. min/day) showed significantly reduced age-related functional attenuation of prefrontal activations during the task-switching RT trial. The study discusses the possibility that enhancing the moderate daily physical activity could be helpful for lowering the rate of neurocognitive degradations in healthy elderly individuals. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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