A japanese drink made of sweet ginger that is popular mainly in the Kansai (western) area in Japan.Hiyashiame is a sweet ginger drink that is popular mainly in the Kansai (western) area in Japan. The spicy taste from ginger helps overcome brutal summer heat fatigue. A common sight during summer is a cold drink machine in the front of a tea shop or candy shop with Hiyashiame. It is also well known as a summer festival drink sold by street vendors. For many Japanese, Hiyashiame is a special flavor that is part of summer. If you are tired of sodas and lemonade, try this authentic Japanese summer drink.