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This is an authentic, Japanese glass fishing float. It is a Hokkaido roller & is about 5.2" long. It is a faint green color & has some sort of sea creature remains on it. I have no idea what it is, but I left it on there! I know this float is at least 40 years old & probably closer to 60! It was made from recycled glass in an iron mold.

This particular float also has Kanji on the seal button. It is one of the kawaguchi marks. When translated, this means "river mouth". It was hand blown by the Kawaguchi Glass Company of Northern Japan.

This roller was used in the Japanese octopus fishery.

Glass fishing floats are ideal for home/beach/nautical decor, outdoor decor & ponds, as well as unique recycled gifts!

All of the floats I sell were once working, or actually used for fishing. I don't sell colored reproductions or contemporary floats meant for souvenirs or the gift trade.

NEW SHIPPING POLICY: Due to the increase in international shipping charges, I will gladly send any boxes under 4 pounds via first-class mail. It is much less expensive, but will take quite a bit longer to receive. If you would like your floats sent this way, please message me or make a note when you make your purchase. I will refund the difference in shipping charges.

For example, I just sent a single 3" float to the UK. Priority was $28. First-class mail was just under $10.

Japanese Glass Fishing Float - Hokkaido Roller Used for Octopus Fishing, Kanji Marks


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: recycled glass, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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