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The {{Translation|'''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.<ref>Chapter 625, page 9</ref> 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]]<ref>Chapter 1, pages 5-7</ref> and, years later, [[Boruto Uzumaki]] defacing it in order to gain attention.<ref>Chapter 700, page 13</ref>
Hogake Monument Naruto Shippuden.png|An anime depiction of the monument.
 
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The '''Hokage Monument''', '''Hokage Mountain''' or the {{Translation|'''Hokage Rock'''|火影岩|Hokage-iwa}} is the most representative trait of [[Konohagakure]]. It is a mountain that has had the faces of all the [[Hokage]] carved into the stone. During the first episode, [[Naruto Uzumaki]] painted the faces of the four Hokage as a joke, and revealed that he planned to surpass them, stating that his face will someday too be in the monument. He also did it to grab attention, as the people of Konoha despised him for having the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] sealed inside him.
 
   
At the beginning of the series, the Monument had the faces of the [[First Hokage]], the [[Second Hokage]], the [[Third Hokage]], and the [[Fourth Hokage]]. During the time-skip, the face of the [[Fifth Hokage]] was added to the mountain. In the anime while the Fifth was in a coma, it was shown that the faces of [[Danzō Shimura]] and later [[Kakashi Hatake]] were to be carved in as the next Hokage after the Fifth, but Tsunade's recovery stopped this procedure before it could be done.
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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 [[Open for Business! The Leaf Moving Service|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.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 219</ref> 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.
   
The Monument has been important during many parts of the story, mostly because of its symbolism:
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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 [[Konoha Archive Library|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.
* In the episode "[[The Appearance of Strange Visitors]]", the stone faces were jokingly shown to make disgusted grimaces and the monument of the Fourth holding his nose, when [[Naruto]] spilt a whole barrel of manure on the wannabe-spies [[Mondai]] and [[Potcha]] in what he thought to be [[taijutsu]] training.
 
* During [[Orochimaru]]'s attack on Konoha, the Third Hokage's face cracked, giving a bad omen (signalling the Hokage's death at the hands of [[Orochimaru]]).<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 126, page 12</ref>
 
* During the [[Trap Master Arc]], the climax occurred at the Hokage Monument, symbolising that the future of the village was safe in the hands of the genin.
 
* During [[Pain]]'s [[Invasion of Pain Arc|Invasion]], after using [[Shinra Tensei]], most of the village was destroyed, but the Hokage Monument escaped the gravitational attack. After his return, Naruto was confused about where he was. But, after seeing the Hokage Monument, he realised that the ruins he was surrounded by were the remains of Konoha.
 
 
There are several places built into and on top of the mountain where the monument such as the [[Konoha Archive Library]] as well as a safe house that the villagers evacuate to in times of dire straits. It was also shown durable enough to remain standing even after [[Invasion of Pain|Pain's assault on the village]].
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* The first episode of ''Naruto Shippūden'' dedicated as the omake to the Hokage Monument, and the five faces it currently has.
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* The monument is probably based on [[Wikipedia:Mount Rushmore|Mount Rushmore]], located in the Black Hills, South Dakota, in the United States.
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* The monument is similar to [[Wikipedia:Mount Rushmore|Mount Rushmore]], which features sculptures of the heads of four [[wikipedia:President of the United States|United States presidents]].
* The First Hokage's face on the Hokage Monument has a crack across the bridge of the nose similar to [[Iruka]]'s scar. However, he didn't seem to have any scar or marking while he was alive.
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*During the [[Konoha Crush]], the Third Hokage's face cracks, giving those who see it a bad omen.<ref>Chapter 126, page 12</ref> The damage is apparently later repaired.
* In [[Obito Uchiha (chapter)|chapter 599]] when [[Obito]] looked back at the monument, Minato's face was already carved into the mountain. Minato, however, was stated to not have become Hokage until after the [[Third Shinobi World War]].
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*The [[Fourth Hokage]] seems to have marked his head on the monument for the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]], as he teleports to its location on two separate occasions.<ref>Chapter 502, page 5</ref><ref>Chapter 677, page 16</ref>
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*In the episode "[[The Appearance of Strange Visitors]]", the stone faces were shown to make disgusted grimaces and the monument of the Fourth holding his nose, when [[Naruto]] spilled a whole barrel of manure on the wannabe-spies [[Mondai]] and [[Potcha]] in what he thought to be [[taijutsu]] training.
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*In the early episodes of the anime, the Fourth Hokage's hair is depicted as flat. This is corrected in later episodes of ''Shippūden''. Similarly, the Sixth Hokage was depicted with a forehead protector in [[The Seal of Reconciliation|chapter 699]], but without one in ''[[The Last: Naruto the Movie]]''.
   
 
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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 Edit

  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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