In response to a commenter challenging me to say one rosary a week for one year for Japan I have finally said my first rosary in response to that. I was waiting until I returned from Rome with my brand new rosary and its papal blessing. I think I started at a good time too because while I prayed for the church in Japan I also prayed we be protected from natural disasters like those that have affected Burma and China. My prayers for those affected by those disasters where at a different time as I intend to keep this rosary focused on Japan specifically.
Speaking of disasters before I left for my trip I said a blessing over my apartment that nothing would happen while I was gone, and left my crucifix (it`s on a stand) on the shelf at the entrance as a guard God. I know it`s silly but I thought if anyone broke in they might be a bit deterred. When I got home everything was fine even though I read on the news there had been a fairly noticeable earthquake in the area hours before.