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Juzu Bead

Juzu Bead-2001

Juzu Bead-2019

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Type: Bracelet
Owner: Kazuma's Grandfather (Formerly)
Kyo Sohma

The Juzu Bead Bracelet is a bracelet that people from the Sohma Family who is cursed by the Cat spirit must wear at all times, as they turn in the Cat's "true form" otherwise. It is currently in possession by Kyo Sohma and his family.

Appearance

The bracelet is a set of Juzu Beads, or Buddhist prayer beads. They are round and quite small in size. The colors are red and white all the way around, every other turn. In the 2001 anime, they are black and white, though this was mentioned to be incorrect by Natsuki Takaya.

Origins

Because the Cat appeared to "betray" God and the other animals in the original Zodiac Legend (see: The Chinese Zodiac), the Cat was the only who was truly cursed, as it was not allowed to be part of the Zodiac. Apart from that, the people possessed by the Cat spirit also had an additional form; a grotesque, foul-smelling, monster. To counteract this form and instead opting to transform into a normal Cat, the Juzu Bead bracelet was made. According to Kyo, it was made of the bones of a priest and dyed in their blood.

Story Overview

Fruits Basket

Kazuma's grandfather is the first person in the series to be seen wearing the Juzu Bead bracelet. He was imprisoned in the Cat's Room and wore his bracelet at all times.

After he died, Kyo Sohma became the next person cursed by the Cat spirit. His mother would always check that his bracelet was in tact everyday, because she didn't want him to transform into his "true form".

When Kyo was young, Kagura Sohma forced Kyo to take off his bracelet, not knowing what taking it off entailed; and in result, she was horrified and ran away. When Akito Sohma saw Kyo's true form for the first time, she thought it was disgusting.

When Kyo was around 17 years old, his adoptive father Kazuma Sohma took off Kyo's bracelet by force, because he didn't want his son to turn a blind eye to those willing to accept him. For the first time in his life, a person; Tohru Honda, accepted Kyo, even after seeing him in his true form. Kyo later got his bracelet back.

When on a vacation with the Sohmas, Kyo explained the bracelet's origins and history to Tohru, much to her worry.

When Kyo's curse broke, he ripped his bracelet off because he was finally free from his curse and didn't transform into a monster anymore. Although Kyo didn't know how to feel about the broken bracelet, Tohru picked them up for him, because, as Kyo narrates;

That day… when I pulled my beads apart… I watched quietly.. as Tohru picked them all up. It was proof that I was a monster. Even now, I wouldn’t mind if she threw them into a fire. But after a few years.. maybe I’d grow to regret not having picked them up. I honestly thought that at the time. But I still couldn’t move. She picked them up for me. And it was like she was protecting… both the me of now and the me of the future. Or even… something more distant. Something beyond me. Maybe she was trying to pick up the far off feelings.. of all those people who lived with those beads on. Every last one. I don’t really know. But I do know one thing. I know.. that “loving” someone.. isn’t just always loving what’s right in front of you. There’s also the past… and the future. Loving someone means embracing it all.


Kyo's Juzu Bead bracelet has since been kept in a bowl in Tohru's room (along with family pictures, Tohru's Hat, and Chinese Zodiac figurines), presumably as a reminder of his past.[1]

Fruits Basket Another

It is seen that Kyo's son, Hajime Sohma, wears the Juzu Bead bracelet at all times, albeit not in the same order. Since the curse is broken and since neither Kyo or Hajime is possessed by the Cat spirit, it is implied that Hajime wears his father's bracelet because he wants to show his respects to him and honor his past as the Cat.

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Terms
Mogeta  •  Sohma Curse  •  Sohma Family  •  Sorta Cinderella  •  The Chinese Zodiac
Items
Cat Backpack  •  Hat  •  Juzu Bead
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Groups
Mabudachi Trio  •  Prince Yuki Fan Club  •  Sohma Fan Club
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