the kikkoman soy sauce bottle is a design classic. a very nice form, and it functions perfectly. below is a short explanation of it's design.
"Design is a source of life enhancement“. That is the motto of the celebrated Japanese industrial designer, Kenji Ekuan, who has played an important part in shaping Japanese packaging and logo design over the years. One of his most famous design objects is the iconic Kikkoman naturally brewed soy sauce dispenser bottle.
Developed back in 1961, the 150-ml dispenser is still very much in vogue today. The curved silhouette and the unobtrusive lettering on the bottle give it simple, elegant and timeless appeal. It's an attractive addition to kitchen and dining tables in homes and restaurants around the world. Not only does this classic design object look good, it's also very practical to use. The perfectly-shaped pourer enables the exact dispensing of even small quantities of Kikkoman soy sauce without drips, which offers benefits in the kitchen and at the table. The dispenser is dishwasher-safe, so it can easily be refilled. Simply unscrew the lid, rinse out the bottle and pour the naturally brewed soy sauce from the standard bottle into the dispenser's wide opening.
Kikkoman cannot imagine being without this designer table-top bottle. After all, this distinctive dispenser has become synonymous with the Kikkoman brand over the last 30 years. The Kikkoman bottle unites practicality and functionality with a very creative design, and it is appreciated by designers the whole world over. In 2003, Kenji Ekuan received the Lucky Strike Designer Award for his soy sauce dispenser. The dispenser bottle is part of the Design Centre North Rhine Westphalia's exhibition, and it is also on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.