The Land of Bears (熊の国, Kuma no Kuni) is introduced in the anime, being a heavily forested country. Its ninja village, Hoshigakure, is located in the middle of the country surrounded by a canyon filled with poisonous gas that the locals call the Devil's Ravine (the Valley of Death, in the English anime). The canyon serves as a natural barrier to prevent raids on the village. A meteorite crashed near the site of the village 200 years before the start of the series. The Kage of the other villages desire to obtain the meteorite and to use its power for their own.