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Kage (影, Literally meaning: Shadow) is a title reserved for the leader of one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries' hidden villages. They are collectively known as the Five Kage (五影, Gokage, Literally meaning: Five Shadows). A Kage oversees the activities of their village, from sending ninja on missions to making the hard decisions regarding the safety of their people. A village's Kage is generally acknowledged as its most powerful ninja.
Each village has its own name for its Kage:
- The Hokage (火影, Literally Meaning: Fire Shadow) of Konohagakure.
- The Kazekage (風影, Literally Meaning: Wind Shadow) of Sunagakure.
- The Mizukage (水影, Literally Meaning: Water Shadow) of Kirigakure.
- The Raikage (雷影, Literally Meaning: Lightning Shadow) of Kumogakure.
- The Tsuchikage (土影, Literally Meaning: Earth Shadow) of Iwagakure.
According to Naruto, as a Kage's primary concern is their village, interaction between the Kage is rare. The only time that all five Kage are together is during a Kage Summit, which can be convened by any of the five to discuss topics that apply to all of their villages.