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Hokage monument

The Hokage Rock.

The Hokage Rock (火影岩, Hokage-iwa) is a mountain overlooking Konohagakure that has all the faces of the Hokage carved into the stone. It was envisioned by Hashirama Senju as a symbol that the Hokage would always watch over the village.[1] The Hokage Rock is easily the most identifiable feature in the village, such that when the village is destroyed during Pain's Assault, only the presence of the Hokage Rock (undamaged by the destruction) confirms to others that the rubble was once Konoha. Being such an icon makes it a prime target for pranks, with both Naruto Uzumaki[2] and, years later, Boruto Uzumaki defacing it in order to gain attention.[3]

Adding a Hokage's face to the monument apparently takes time, as the Fifth Hokage's face is not added until some time during the timeskip (in the anime, it is added by episode 187 of the original anime). The anime suggests it doesn't actually take too long, as the Stone Carver adds first Danzō Shimura's face and then Kakashi Hatake's face to the monument prematurely, in turn forcing him to remove their faces once they are not officially given the position.[4] Similarly, faces can be added to the monument before a Hokage officially takes office, as the Sixth Hokage's face is added to the the Hokage Rock before he agrees to accept the responsibilities of the office.

For the first few decades of the village's history, the Hokage Rock is left mostly untouched, being used only to house the the village's archives and protect its villagers during times of attack. In the years since the Fourth Shinobi World War, Konoha has expanded to the plateau above the monument, with the village's new skyscrapers seen towering above it.

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References

  1. Chapter 625, page 9
  2. Chapter 1, pages 5-7
  3. Chapter 700, page 13
  4. Naruto: Shippūden episode 219
  5. Chapter 126, page 12
  6. Chapter 502, page 5
  7. Chapter 677, page 16
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