Since Sakura was doing well and didn’t need additional chakra management training, Kakashi instructed her to accompany Tazuna to the Land of the Waves. During her assignment, Sakura and Tazuna enter the local shopping district, where she draws attention to the shortage of local goods and general poverty. Tazuna explains that the problems are caused by Gato’s arrival. Meanwhile, Sasuke and Naruto keep trying to climb to the top of the trees. Despite his earlier failures, Naruto catches up with Sasuke. Fearing that Naruto will outrun him, Sasuke asks what advice Sakura gave him. Refusing to answer, Naruto continues to compete with Sasuke until Team 7 has already started dinner with Tazuna and his family. During dinner conversation, Tazuna mentions Inari’s father and, upset by his words about his father, Tazuna’s grandson retires to his room. To justify his behavior, Tazuna began a story about how Inari and the entire country had lost hope of freedom.