Who Or What Is Inari?
Inari, the Japanese kami (sometimes translated as God but perhaps spirt provides a better understanding) is one of the most important kami in Shinto. This spirt has been worshiped since possibly as early as the 5th century. The Inari kami is worshiped for a number of reasons. One of them is for a successful rice harvest. One of the ways that this kami is represented is through the image of an oji-san (old man) carrying some rice.
There is in fact a Japanese food called Inarizushi which is well worth trying. You can find a recipe about how to make it here. To make this particular dish, the better quality rice that you can prepare, the better. This is why a top quality rice cooker such as the Zojirushi NP-GBC05 makes an excellent choice. This particular model has a sushi rice cooking setting and it also makes use of Induction Heating technology which helps to cook the most succulent and tasty rice imaginable.