I want to know how Japanese dictionaries are organized, they don't have "a,b,c,d..." So do they organize words by あ、い、う、え、お? Or do they do it but kanji radical? Or something else?

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    Possible duplicate: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/58020/9831 – Chocolate Dec 13 '18 at 16:45
  • Ok, so for kana that makes sense, but what about kanji? Do they have a separate dictionary? – Shadow Dec 13 '18 at 16:48
  • Oh, didn't think to check Wikipedia, thanks – Shadow Dec 13 '18 at 16:50
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    There are two dictionary types: one that lists kanji characters and is just for kanji lookup, which is organized for 字形引き【じけいびき】, and another that is more like a dictionary that English speakers would be used to that lists words, not characters. A regular word dictionary in Japanese is (always?) organized by kana order, which (for the modern language) is your basic あ・い・う・え・お、か・き・く・け・こ、 etc. ordering. – Eiríkr Útlendi Dec 13 '18 at 17:36

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