Saori Hara / HARA Saori is a gravure idol, singer, and AV actress. She was born Mai Kato (kATO Mai) on January 1, 1988 in Hiroshima Prefecture. She is 3/4ths Japanese; her paternal grandfather is German. Her nickname is Saorin .
When Hara was in 9th grade, she made her way from Hiroshima to Tokyo with the goal of becoming an idol under the stage name Mai Nanami NANAMI Mai). After her initial failure to break into show business, she decided to concentrate on her education at Tokyo’s entertainment industry-focused Horikoshi High School. After graduating, she spent two years drifting between part-time jobs and sparse acting work before finally getting back into the world of entertainment in earnest, making her second debut under her current stage name in 2008.
On November 25, 2008, Hara announced her impending adult video debut via an article in Shogakukan’s sabra magazine titled “SAORI-CHUU-BE” and a follow-up blog post. After that post, her blog reportedly jumped from an average of 200 views a day to over 10,000. On January 22, 2009, her AV debut, “Geinojin Hara Saori Kiseki no AV Debut”, was released by Soft On Demand, eventually selling over 100,000 copies.