To celebrate the 140th year since the birth of Shunso Hishida (1874-1911), the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is presenting more than 100 of the modern Japanese painter's masterpieces.

Though Hishida died at the age of 36 and was an active artist for just 15 years, he was prolific and acclaimed. Four of his works are Important Cultural Properties, and are the highlight of this exhibition. One of these, his "Black Cat" painting, surprisingly took only five days to complete, yet it is still considered one of the most famous cat paintings in the history of modern Japanese art; Sept. 23-Nov. 3.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Takebashi Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,400. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600;