"Michael, you must know the designs by 深澤直人 (Shen Ze Zhi Ren)"
"Uh, how to you say 深澤直人 in Japanese?"
Conversations like these all require a Google search on my iphone to continue. Most of the times I actually do know the Japanese people in the conversations, just not their names in Chinese characters.
Note: 深澤直人 is Naoto Fukasawa, one of my favorite Japanese designers.