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Here is a selected list of handbooks you may find useful. Handbooks provide readers with a summary overview of a topic and include carefully selected bibliographies. Be sure to look at the lists for further reading provided by the authors of the entries--they will be especially useful for you as you deepen your research.
Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints: This 2 volume set offers informed essays on themes, artists, and connections with art, photography, and cultural history.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan: although published in 1986, this 9 volume encyclopedia is an excellent place to begin one's research.
Oxford Art Online Includes full-text articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Contains images and provides links to related sites. See in particular this detailed section: Japan: Prints and Books
Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society This books is a good place to start if you need background information on Japanese cultural specifics. It includes bibliographic information and and index.
Companion to Asian Art and Architecture The most relevant chapter is "Revisiting Asian Art" (p. 3) which has an excellent introduction to the ways of seeing Asian art and how to appropriately analyze Asian art in a historical context.
A companion to Japanese history This is an excellent resource on the history of Japan in short, digestible sections. Each chapter includes notes, bibliographical information, and a section on further reading. It also includes trends in the field.
Historical Dictionary of Japan to 1945 This historical dictionary provides short, concise entries to further develop your research. It is especially helpful because it provides the terms in Japanese as well as in English.