According to early chronicles, the first bridges in Japan were built as early as the 4th century. Three centuries later a new technology for bridge construction was imported from Paecke (Korea). An example of pre-modern bridges is the Kintai-kyô (“Bridge of the Brocade Sash”), which consists of five wooden arches. It was completed in 1673 in the city of Iwakuni. During the Meiji period (1868-1912) the first western iron bridges were built.