Here’s Why Kakashi Wears the Uzumaki Symbol!
Although not one of the principal protagonists, Kakashi Hatake was nevertheless one of the best and most beloved characters from Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto franchise. The guy had a very specific approach to life. Because of his great relationship with the protagonist trio, Kakashi has become a fan-favorite character, so fans always ask questions about him. If you’ve noticed his clothing occasionally, you might have seen that he has a red spiral crest on them, which is actually the symbol of another village. This article will explain why Kakashi wears the Uzumaki symbol on his clothes.
As was revealed later in the story, all chūnin and jōnin-level shinobi have a spiral symbol crest on their clothes, which is actually the symbol of the Uzushiogakure village. Konohagakure and Uzushiogakure have developed a strong bond in the past, and this symbol on the uniforms of Konoha’s shinobi is a symbol of that friendship. That is why Kakashi also has one.
The rest of this article will focus on Kakashi Hatake and his appearance in the series. The story will expand the initial answer with a bit of history and symbolism, all to explain the whole situation to you. Kakashi Hatake’s importance for the series is difficult to overstate, so he deserves a solo article.
The history of Konoha and Uzushiogakure
If you remember your anime, Kakashi Hatake almost always wears his Konoha ninja uniform and the Iron Gloves, which remind him of his ANBU days. Another notable feature of Kakashi is the thin scar from his left eye to his cheek. He is a tall ninja characterized by his spiky silver hair; on his forehead, he normally wears a protector that covers his left eye and scar. Chiyo once mistook Kakashi for his father due to their great physical resemblance.
Going back to his uniform, you’ll probably notice that he has a red spiral on his uniform, which is not a symbol related to Konoha or its shinobi. In fact, the spiral symbol – often called the Uzumaki Symbol and connected to the Uzumaki Clan – is related to a separate village in the Naruto lore, Uzushiogakure, the Village Hidden by Whirling Tides.
Uzushiogakure had close and permanent ties to Konoha, as the Uzumaki Clan of Uzushio and the Senju Clan of Konoha were distant relatives. Because of this, all of Konoha’s Chūnin and Jōnin vests bear the Uzushiogakure insignia on the back and shoulders, symbolizing the strong friendship that resided between the two peoples.
As we have indicated, the answer had a lot to do with the history of the two villages. Konohagakure is the most famous village in the series, and it has a very distinct symbol, which is why it was strange that its shinobi would wear the symbol of another village on their uniforms. Konohagakure is the hidden village of the Land of Fire.
The Hokage is the Kage who serves as the head of Konoha, one of the Five Great Ninja Villages. In total, Konoha has had seven Hokage, with Naruto Uzumaki being the incumbent one. On a peak facing the village from the north stands Hokage Rock.
Even though Konoha, like the nation it calls home, has experienced a period of relative peace since the end of the Fourth Great Shinobi World War, it has continued to be one of the most influential and powerful towns in the world despite the attacks of Orochimaru and Pain a few years ago that reduced its military might and influence.
They were divided into smaller groups of mercenaries that were employed for battle before the development of the shinobi villages. The Uchiha and Senju clans were the two most powerful ninja clans out of countless others. The Senju clan proposed a cease-fire to the Uchiha after much killing.
And while the history of Konohagakure is quite rich and diverse, we are not really going to go over the whole history, as it is not relevant to this article. What is relevant is Uzushiogakure, so we have decided to provide you with some additional information about this former (yes!) village and its famous symbol, which, as we can see, is so famous and so important for the lore that it was acknowledged even by another famous village such as Konoha, so we simply have to give you some basic info.
The story of Uzushiogakure and the meaning of its symbol
The inhabitants of Uzushiogakure, also known as the Village of Longevity and an ancient town in the Land of Whirlpools, were renowned for their prodigious longevity. This hamlet and Konoha shared a close bond to the extent that Konoha incorporated the village’s emblem as a mark of friendship on the Leaf Chnin and Jnin (The Red Spirals) official uniforms.
The Uzumaki Clan, which had a strong fuinjutsu known as “The Seal of Four Symbols,” was so well-known for its mastery of stamps that it was destroyed during the ninja war to avoid complications. This village no longer exists due to other villages destroying it out of fear for their power and control over their clans.
The symbol is completely understandable, with Uzushiogakure meaning the Village Hidden by Whirling Tides. This spiral within a ring is a quite simple and direct symbol that reveals the village’s nature, as it represents a whirlpool or a whirling tide, which fits the lore and doesn’t need further explanations. The symbol also inspired the Uzumaki Clan’s official symbol, which is why it is often called the “Uzumaki Symbol” as well.
In terms of its geography, as was seen in the few short scenes featuring the village, the village appears to have been made up of numerous cylindrical buildings not far from Kirigakure. Large bridges were constructed through the town, which appeared to be traversed by a broad river. Soaring hills dominate the area’s topography.