Last night, instead of the usual episode of "Uta Kon"（うたコン）, there was the annual charity kayo concert in Fukushima Prefecture on NHK in which a variety of singers appeared to sing everything from enka to pop. One of the highlights for me was seeing singer-seiyuu Nana Mizuki（水樹奈々）perform an enka tune during a tribute to the late composer Shosuke Ichikawa（市川昭介）who passed away over a decade ago. As I have mentioned before, she may be more famous and popular for her rock-out material and voice work on anime but the lass did get her training in enka, so I wasn't surprised to hear her belt out an oldie with aplomb.
That song was "Koi wa Kamiyo no Mukashi kara" (Love is from the Ancient Times) as originally performed by Midori Hatakeyama（畠山みどり）. Composed by Ichikawa and written by Tetsuro Hoshino（星野哲郎）as Hatakeyama's debut single in 1962, the title might hint at an age-old ballad but it's actually a very jaunty piece about a very aggressive woman not holding back her confessions of love for that man of hers.