In April I've started work at Nishiyama High school and I enjoy it a lot! Nishiyama High school is a Buddhist affiliated school and sometimes there are ceremonies held at school too. Therefore I had to buy a Buddhist mala. The school belongs to the Jodo sect of Buddhism. 
A buddhist mala usually contains 108 prayer beads. 
The 108 prayer beads represent 108 times of the recitation of the mantra words. The main perspective of buddhist prayer mala beads is to drive away evil and fill all beings with peace. 
I've never really belonged to any religion but I respect all of them equally without prejudice. 
But I'm really thankful for all these wonderful people I got to know at school and I deeply respect our principal who has a warm and charismatic personality. There's so much to learn from him.