Tezuka Osamu, a world-famous Manga artist, delivered his last speech to children at Ikeda Elementary School as an alumnus of the school. He tried to convey importance of love to nature and preciousness of life with enthusiasm despite being ill.
In November 2008, at the celebration of the 80 anniversary of Tezuka Osamu and the 100th anniversary of Ikeda Elementary School, we, on behalf of alumni, send the following message to all the graduates and current students of the school: “Value every life and pass this thought down the generations”.
November 1, 2008
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ikeda Elementary School attached to Osaka-Kyoiku University Donated by Alumni Association of Ikeda Elementary School attached to Osaka-Kyoiku University
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ikeda Elementary School attached to Osaka-Kyoiku Unicersity, the Alma matter of Tezuka Osamu, and the 80th anniversary of Tezuka Osamu, Astro Boy stone figure was placed on the school ground. The figure was donated by Alumni Association of Ikeda Elementary School, produced under the cooperation of Tezuka Productions. Since the figure is located within the school site, it is not opened to public.
The inscription on the foundation says: “I love the earth and all creatures on it.”