I can give you a concrete example here and something that I myself brought up about a year ago (post here). Basically Japan is a no tipping country and the stuff I wrote about it earlier is not wrong in principle, but then comes the exceptions… It should be noted that the exceptions are pretty rare and can be difficult for Japanese people, as well to know when and how much should be tipped. During my time in Japan , I have come across two exceptions so far, I'm sure there are more out there that I have just plain missed or not yet encountered:
- Tipping to the bridal salon after the wedding – Amount depends on services rendered, but if a dress for the bride, tux for the groom and some kimono dressing etc. for other family members was done, this could climb up to ~$500 dollars
- Tipping to the moving company - After moving reasonable amounts (a single person smaller household is ok not to tip) furniture from point A to point B – Amount is flexible and depending on distance as well, but a minimum of $10 per person involved in the moving (hey, at least they deserve enough for a couple of beers after moving all the stuff about)
Oh and yes, please make sure you give them the money in a fancy envelope so it doesn’t feel like you’re tipping them!