Japanese Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam Constructed sometime in the early 1600s. Hoi An was an important trading port for Chinese, Dutch, Indian, and Japanese merchants up until the 17th century. many of the old houses in Hoi An reflect influence of both Chinese and Japanese architecture. The Hoi An Japanese Bridge remains a symbol of the significant impact that the Japanese had in the region. Although his work has been appreciated for centuries, the builder of the bridge still remains anonymous.