Concealed Sand Picture Cat

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Concealed Sand Picture Cat [1]
Kanji 潜砂絵猫
Rōmaji Sensa Kaibyō
Literal English Concealed Sand Picture Cat
Alternative names Sand Sensing (砂の感知, Suna no Kanchi)
Manga Volume #55, Chapter #524
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #266
Novel Gaara Hiden: A Sandstorm Mirage
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel
Classification Ninjutsu
Class Supplementary
Range All ranges

The Concealed Sand Picture Cat is a contact type (接触タイプ, Sesshoku Taipu) sensory-technique.


By dispersing specialised sand into a specific area, the user is able to discern the presence of bodies that comes into direct contact with it. This sensing sand can be spread across a wide terrain, or even float in the air allowing aerial foes to be detected.[2] Once the sand comes in contact with a person, it will wrap itself around them, rendering even invisible targets, visible.[3]


  • This technique's name might come from "picturing a concealed sand cat", as shown in its first usage, when Gaara used it to sense , who was under the effects of his invisibility technique. Sand cats are capable of walking on sand without leaving noticeable footprints. When this technique was used on the Second Tsuchikage, the shot focused on his footprints, which were imprinted in the sand.
  • The reading of 潜砂 (sensa) is the same as the Japanese word for sensor (センサ, sensa).


  1. Fourth Databook, page 321
  2. Chapter 552, pages 16-17
  3. Chapter 524, page 16

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