Bullet train, Coca-Cola bottle designer Ekuan dies

Kenji Ekuan's work won international popularity. Picture: Getty
Kenji Ekuan's work won international popularity. Picture: Getty
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JAPANESE industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, has died. He was 85.

A former monk, Mr Ekuan crafted a tabletop bottle for Kikkoman in 1961, winning international popularity both for the handy, flask-shaped dispenser and of course for the salty brown condiment flavouring many Asian cuisines.

He said he wanted to design a small bottle because of his childhood memory of his mother pouring soy sauce from a half-gallon bottle to a tabletop dispenser.

He also designed the Komachi bullet train.