|“||The Mid-Winter War... for the first time we set to the seas between our great country and the mongrels from the Land of Water. Most Honourable Elder, Keigai-sama, led us to victory with his Water techniques. On that day, the crystalline waters were tainted dark red for weeks...||”|
—An Uzumaki clan member on the war
The Mid-Winter War (寒中 交戦, Kanchū Kōsen) was one of the first major naval battles between the Land of Whirlpools and the Land of Water. A fierce battle ensued on the waters between these island countries, leading to great bloodshed on the side of the Land of Water. Keigai Uzumaki commanded the Uzumaki clan and it was under his authority that the Land of Whirlpools managed to win.