I think my favorite scene is in the very beginning when Jack has a discussion about the great Japanese poet Basho with the fishers Yumi and Teiji. Teiji is testing Jack, probing the true depths of his knowledge, and Jack takes the gauntlet and the conversation is peppery and fun. But then the haiku that Jack recites as befitting his present mood is telling, and picturesque and ominous like the lodge itself.
The temple bell stops—
but the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.
It presages death, and the almost inaudible messages Jack keeps trying to decipher about this strange fishing lodge.