Obit> Kenji Ekuan: 1929–2015

Design International Obituary
Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, left, and the VMAX Motorcycle, right. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, left, and the VMAX Motorcycle, right. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Kenji Ekuan, 1929–2015, was the designer behind the Kikkoman soy sauce bottle (1961), the Narita Express (1991), and the Yamaha VMAX motorcycle (1985). The former monk drew inspiration from Hiroshima’s atomic devastation and founded GK Industrial Design Group in 1952. Sadly, Ekuan died of a heart problem in Tokyo on Saturday.

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