Browsing through the magazine afterwards brought forth the reason why she was being the feature of the month. And that reason was her 60th and latest single (released on 16th April 2014), 'Oiran'. I didn't read much into it at first, and I pretty much inferred from the way she dressed that the song named after high-ranking courteseans would be a very traditional Enka song. You know, the type with the light notes of the koto and the strumming of the shamisen.
And then came the performance on the 'Nippon no uta' 'Kayo HOT zensen' corner to prove me wrong yet again. It started out gentle with Mori singing in a high, innocent voice while in a trailing kimono and geta with soles thicker than phone books - don't know how she walks in those. Before long the rumble of the electric guitar came on and kick started the almost defiant sounding score, and you can see Mori loosen up and have that glint in her eyes. You could compare the change in music to a demure and obedient Oiran flinging all her duties away to have some fun for once.
Now the ones who composed and wrote 'Oiran' came as quite the surprise: Ryudo Uzaki and his missus Yoko Aki (宇崎竜童 . 阿木燿子), better known as the songwriting pair who spawned multiple hits for mega popular 70's aidoru, Momoe Yamaguchi (山口百恵). It's nice to finally see their names again. As for chart position, the song did pretty well for an Enka song on the regular song charts at this day and age, peaking at 57th. And then again, it is not any regular Enka song.