I had the vague hope of accomplishing great feats and was used to working hard under pressure. But suddenly here I was, standing in the middle of this most modern of European capitals. My eyes were dazzled by its brilliance, my mind was dazed by the riot of color. To translate Unter den Linden as “under the Bodhi tree” would suggest a quiet secluded spot.
from Ogai Mori “Maihime (The Dancing Girl)” (Translated by Richard Bowring)