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The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun A painted staircase showing a girl surrounded by morning glories is seen at the front gate of JR Kumagaya Station in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture. The original picture, drawn by a 27-year-old company employee living in the city, won the top prize in an annual contest themed on evoking a sense of coolness. The local government in Kumagaya, a city known for its blistering summer temperatures, hosts the contest, and six staircases in JR Kumagaya and Kagohara stations currently bear prize-winning drawings as a distraction to the intense summer heat through Oct. 9 or Aug. 19, depending on the staircase.Speech

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