Her popularity as an adult video actress has led to celebrity status as a media personality in Japan and abroad. Sola Aoi was born on November 11, , in Tokyo. As a student, she worked at various part-time jobs in the food-service industry, such as pizza parlors, pubs and sushi bars  with the intent of becoming a pre-school teacher. When asked how her stage name was chosen, Aoi explained: "My agency asked what color I liked. I said blue [ aoi in Japanese]. He also asked what I like in general. I said sky [ sora in Japanese].