My student told me about a shop in the Westin Osaka called Condi. She said that they had the best soft pretzels.
This hotel/shop is out of the way, but last Saturday, Satoshi had his annual physical which was held next door to the Westin, so I went to check it out while I waited for him.
They had one called pretzel (180 yen about US$1.80) and one with another German name (phonetically it was lau-gen-schu-tan-gal; the long bread, if you know what it means or if you know the correct spelling, please let me know, 250 yen (about US$2.50)), so I bought both to try.
I put it into the toaster to warm it up. I also actually wanted some spicy mustard, you know the kind you can get at the baseball fields in the U.S.? Of course that is non-existent here (to my knowledge), so I mixed some dijon and some whole seed mustard....definitely not the same. In the end, I ate them just plain.
Overall, both the pretzel and long bread, after putting them into the toaster, were crisp on the outside and really chewy on the inside....heavenly.
Next time I'm in this area, I'm picking up more.
inside of the Westin Osaka