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Iwagakure (岩隠れの里, Iwagakure no Sato; English TV "Hidden Stone Village"; Literally meaning "Village Hidden by Rocks") is the hidden village of the Land of Earth. As one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries, Iwagakure has a Kage as its leader known as the Tsuchikage. There have been ten of these leaders, the current one being the Shodai Tsuchikage, Saiteki Miyuu. At the eastern boundaries of the village lies the Outlands, a rock-strewn upland with various crags, chasms, and tors. A line of mountains stretch through most of the horizon here, this naturally harsh terrain making passage to Iwagakure especially treacherous; in particular, the precarious footing and small footholds serve as a constant reminder of one's mortality. At the base of the massif starts a lengthy, meandering road that leads to Iwagakure, a path many villagers and merchants call The Long Road. It is a road seldom traveled, due to its starkness, but one needed to reach the gates of Iwagakure.