Kikkoman’s Soy Sauce Tabletop Dispenser

“The little bottle designed to bring you happiness.”

The design of this bottle was launched in 1961 by Kenji Ekuan (1929–2015) in Japan. With its distinctive red cap, the bottle has been a symbol of Kikkoman’s soy sauce and was sold in more than 100 countries.

Here are some features:

  1. The red cap opening was cut at a reverse angle of 60 degrees (opposite angle like the tip of a teapot)and therefore has been overcome the problem of dripping sauce.
  2. Ease with refilling: when you open the bottle, the opening widens upwards a little from the narrow waist. This makes it easier to pour into when refilling.

50 Rendering

  • Hand Drawings
pencil on sketch paper
marker on sketch paper
abstract form, pencil, marker on sketch paper
abstract form, color pencil on sketch paper
color pencil on sketch paper
gouache on water color paper
poster, marker on paper
soy sauce on water color paper
  • Printing
blue paint spray on cardboard cut out form
red and green gouache paint printed on sketch paper
yellow and orange paint printed on sketch paper
  • Light and Shadow
light and shadows of soy sauce bottle, LEDs
  • 3D Form
ice mold of soy sauce bottle (I don’t have a available original kikkoman bottle, so here I am using a slightly different one for replacement)
  • Paper Folding (origami)
sketch paper folding
I wanted to use soy beans (because soy sauce is made out of soy beans) but I couldn’t find it in my local market, so here I used pepper instead to represent the idea.
  • Digital
pencil brush
inspired by Claude Monet ( sunrise, 1874, see image below ), impressionism
reference: Sunrise, Claude Monet, 1874
inspired by Vincent van Gogh, (Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, 1889, see image below), post impressionism
Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1889
inside of kikkoman’s soy sauce bottle
charcoal brush, kikkoman’s soy sauce bottle red cap
black and white, pencil brush sketch, person using kikkoman’s bottle
poster design for kikkoman’s bottle, (photo source:
artpaint brush, body of bottle with reflection
abstract poster design with bold colors
“technical drawing style” poster
digital layer effect
Bauhaus style poster



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