Naval Institute Press has released English captioned versions of the Kure Maritime Museum large format photo books of the IJN. I know the DD books is out.
For a quick fix on visual references, many Wiki articles on a particular ship (or at least the class) have a link to a photo. As often or not, it is a good hi-rez version of many of the same photos found in the KMM books. One might have to search for the class, then click on each ship to find a particularly good photo. Most can be enlarged in size.