The owner decided to name the guesthouse “The Nowhere House”.
“The Nowhere House” plays a key role in the story as the place that rules time.
He thought it would fit well for the guesthouse where “time” is
But are we allowed to use the name that appears in the story?
The owner couldn’t get a definite answer although he asked many people about it.
He finally asked Iwanami Shoten, the company which published “Momo”.
To his surprise, their response was that they would confirm it with
the bereaved family of Ende in Germany.
However, it would be nothing but a risk for the family.
They can be called on account if the name is used for a bad purpose after they permit
So the owner waited for the answer without much hope.
It was already enough for him that Iwanami reached out to Germany for him.
After a while, he got an reply from the Ende family through Iwanami.
The brief summary of it was below.
- We don’t own the copyright of the name “Nowhere House”, therefore we’re not in the
right position of permitting Yes or No legally.
- However, we think it is very important that the name “Nowhere House” is associated
with the writer Michael Ende.
- We would be grateful if you could make it clear to your guests that your guesthouse is
related to “Momo” and Michael Ende.
The owner read this reply again and again.
The more he read it, the more he felt as if Ende himself sent him this
message and the happier he became.
And thus, our guesthouse was named “The Nowhere House”.