Schoolgirl Spilling Her Lunch / Arigatou Obama-san

Schoolgirl Spilling Her Lunch / Arigatou Obama-san

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Schoolgirl Spilling Her Lunch, also known as Arigatou Obama-san, is a meme series based on two photos of a fallen-over Japanese schoolgirl staring sadly at her spilled bento lunch. It has been used in a variety of image macros and remixes throughout the years.


The photos are originally from the 2008 Japanese TV series ラブレター (Love Letter), and the depicted person is character Minami Tadokoro (portrayed by actress Rio Yamashita).[1][2][3] The first known occurrence of the image online was on January 31st, 2010, when it appeared on a Japanese forum.[4] It saw its first known use in Reddit on July 9th, 2012.[5] The earliest known meme instance of the image dates back to at least March 20th, 2013, referencing Instagram food photography (shown below).[6]


On July 27th, 2015, Imgur[7] user koektrommel posted a Thanks, Obama variation with the meme. The template saw wide use online throughout the following years.[8][9]

ARIGATOU OBAMA-SAN made on imgur

Over the following years, the meme developed in a similar vein to Am I Out Of Touch?, seeing examples that used punchlines like I Bet the Jews Did This" and "Capitalism is to Blame" (examples shown below"

The Jews did this. VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT EATS EMPANADA ON e zoos to carve up Pets on the Menu as Venezuelans Starve In Venezuela, they were teachers and bits. But doctors. To buy food, they became n prostitutes. Many Venezuelans can no longer afford beef or chicken. The government tried to make tham Did I do this? LIVE TV WHILE ADDRESSING STARVING NATION SY OSTAL HAYES ON 17 ATDH PM No. Capitalism is to blame.

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Now Senpai will never notice meo MemeCenter oh no I dropped my uwus 1930'S GERMANY LITERALLY ANYTHING BAD THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THEM I bet the Jews did this Anything: "Happens* Boris: Vadim did this. the, US any thing-happening u/jilianbrodsky I bet the Russians did this. Reminder: The people who blamed Obama for so many things that it literally became a joke think that people were too hard on Terrorist Trump ARIGATOU OBAMA-SAN

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