The Urban-Culture Research Center (UCRC) at Osaka City University (OCU) is proud to present the ninth issue of UrbanScope, an online, open-access journal. As the name suggests, UrbanScope covers a broad spectrum of urban issues featuring contributions encompassing various perspectives within the humanities.

Translation
Yone Noguchi’s Introduction of Noh and Kyogen to the West and East
Madoka HORI

Special Topic: ‘Collective Inhabited Areas in Environmental history / Environmental writings’
Introduction

The Power of the Water System: Towards a Global History of the Water Closet
Frank UEKÖTTER

Environmental History and Spatiality
Ayuka KASUGA

Monks and the Desert in Western Thebes from the Sixth to the Eighth Century
Akio KAIBARA

Forest Settlement by Bruno Taut in Past and Present
Masafumi KITAMURA

Dreaming of “Human-Uninhabited” Areas? National Park Debates in Modern Germany and Japan
Kazuki OKAUCHI

Editorial Note