The Dodo were the holders of Sawayama castle in Ômi Province. They rebelled against the Rokkaku clan around 1559 and were defeated by Rokkaku Yoshikata and lost Sawayama. They then aligned with the Asai and a certain Dodo Kuranosuke was present at the Battle of Norada (1560), where Asai Nagamasa defeated the army of Rokkaku Yoshikata. Sawayama Castle would go on to have a distinguished series of owners after Nobunaga defeated the Rokkaku in the early 1570's: Niwa Nagahide (1573), Hori Hidemasa (1583), and eventually Ishida Mitsunari.
- Initial text from Sengoku Biographical Dictionary (Samurai-Archives.com) FWSeal & CEWest, 2005